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Medeski Martin & Wood

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3.93 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 - Hermeto's Daydream (7:11)
2 - The Saint (6:58)
3 - La Garonne (5:51)
4 - Orbits (4:25)
5 - Uncle Chubb (7:04)
6 - Rebirth (4:43)
7 - Otis (6:28)
8 - United (8:29)
9 - Caravan (8:18)
10 - Querencia (12:48)

Total Time: 72:15

Bonus track on the Amulet Records and Indirecto reissues:
11 - Can't Get What You Want (6:33)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Medeski / piano
- Billy Martin / drums and percussion
- Chris Wood / acoustic bass

Releases information

Produced By MMW
Horn Arrangements by John Medeski
Recorded by David Baker and Roger Teltzman
Recorded at Baby Monster, NYC, December
15 & 16, 1991 and at Water Music, Hoboken, January 23, 1992
Mixed by David Baker and John Siket at Sound on Sound, NYC
Edited by Bob Ward, Mastering by Bob Appel
All trio recordings live to DAT.

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Review by SaltyJon
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4 stars Medeski, Martin & Wood are a great band, and this, their debut album, is a great testament of that. Before listening to this album, I really only knew them for their funky organ-driven jazz and their adventurous spirit when it came to their playing. This album keeps the adventurous spirit, but it's all acoustic jazz. Medeski sticks to piano and Wood sticks to double bass, giving it a really nice organic sound.

Right from the beginning you can tell these guys are a talented bunch, all displaying an excellent proficiency on their instruments and a good feel for what to play and when to play it. They have some free jazz sensibilities it seems, and their love for a nice funky feeling is apparent even here on their debut album. Though the album's long (72 minutes, plus my version has a bonus track, "Can't Get What You Want") the album never seems to drag. Plus, every member gets a chance to show off his chops with various solos.

It's definitely a worthy inclusion to any prog collection, any jazz collection...really, any music collection. If you enjoy high quality acoustic jazz trios, then this album is definitely for you. I would point out "best tracks" but I feel like it's all of a uniformly high quality. Four stars from me.

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